Category Archives: Hymns

Hymn of the week: To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise

Like it or loathe it, harvest festival season is upon us. I have already written in a previous post about the wonderfully eccentric Revd Hawker, who is credited as the inventor of the harvest festival, or perhaps it would be … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: I will sing the wondrous story

‘I will sing the wondrous story’ was written by Baptist pastor Francis H. Rowley. In his own words: I was minister of the First Baptist Church of North Adams [Massachusetts] at the time the hymn was written in 1886, as … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Behold the servant of the Lord!

The theme we followed  in worship this Sunday was ‘the Potter and the clay’, following Jeremiah 18:1-10, which describes Jeremiah’s visit to a potter’s house and how God spoke to Jeremiah through the actions of the potter. This is a … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: See, how great a flame aspires

The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday (Luke 12:49-56) positively invites the inclusion in worship of our hymn of the week. It was first published in a two-volume collection of hymns entitled Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749). Unusually, this collection … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Author of faith, eternal Word

The hymn of the week first appeared in a pamphlet published by Charles Wesley entitled Life of Faith and dated 24th May 1740. It is the first part of a massive 85 stanza original, which forms a versified paraphrase of … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Send the fire!

With Pentecost Sunday fast approaching today’s hymn of the week is a rousing hymn calling for the fire of the Holy Spirit to descend afresh upon the church. Originally written by William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, a … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: O for a heart to praise my God

This is one of Charles Wesley’s early hymns, originally published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1742). It was inspired by Psalm 51:10 ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me’, “transformed by a … Continue reading

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